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#Rainbow Snippets: Jack and Marjory


Happy Saturday! Here’s my #RainbowSnippets post for this week – if you’re new to this, Rainbow Snippets is a chance to read and share 6 sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction every Saturday. There’s a huge variety from Steampunk, like mine, to Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Comedy and everything in between. You can join the fun and read all the other fabulous snippets at the wonderfully friendly and supportive official facebook group here 🙂

So, here is the next snippet from Jack and Marjory – my novella-in-progress which gives two of my Bi-Gendered characters a chance to tell something of their own little side-adventure, which actually had a massive impact on the history of Ire in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of way.

If you missed last week’s snippet you can catch up here: #Rainbow Snippets: Jack and Marjory

If you want to start from the beginning you can do so here:


Jack and Marjory a weighing up the sinister smiles of their unwanted travelling companion…


Damn. We felt like we’d somehow fallen into a trap, but the gent just closed his eyes and tipped his powder-blue bowler hat down to the bridge of his nose. After a while we heard him snoring and decided to make our move as only a terrified and mostly inept creature of our inexperienced ilk could – de manière maladroite – that is to say, with all the nowse and élégance of a landed turbot. Fortunately, the geezer couldv’e slept through a hurricane.

Jack walked into the little between-carriage-convenience.

And after a couple of minutes, Marjory walked out.

We turned in the opposite direction and found a seat in the next carriage beside one of those visiting aunts who looked like she’d neither stand nor sit for any upstart suit pestering a nice young lady travelling alone.

We smiled.

She smiled.

The train rocked its way through the dales.



being an entertaining and informative piece of travel writing by a couple of rogues on the run as they attempt to avoid the machinations of wizards, monarchs and a ruthless band of beatnik poets, deflect a civil war and deliver a priceless, historical tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.


Wishing you all a most splendiferous week and don’t forget to check in at the #rainbowsnippets facebook group for more fabulous snippets of LGBTQIA+ fiction 🙂 


rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at

book cover image by Renphoto 

8 responses

  1. Traveling alone??? …

    Liked by 1 person

    April 13, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Hm, yes, I wondered if anyone would ask about lines like that – don’t worry, if it’s not clear now it will hopefully slowly become apparent and if not then I promise it will be 100% clear in a few weeks time… 🙂


      April 15, 2019 at 7:55 am

  2. Oh ho! Well played, Jack and Marjorie! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    April 14, 2019 at 2:37 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! They are pretty pleased with themselves 😉


      April 15, 2019 at 7:57 am

  3. with all the nowse and élégance of a landed turbo – Hahahha, dies.

    Liked by 1 person

    April 14, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      lol, thankyou! I did have a lot of fun with that line 😉


      April 15, 2019 at 7:58 am

  4. Very intrigued by the traveling alone line…

    Liked by 1 person

    April 20, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      All should soon be clear 😉


      April 26, 2019 at 1:52 pm

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